Quantock Deanery Prayer Diary - Every day of the month we pray for different people in our Deanery

Quantock Villages Benefice
18th            The staff and students of Enmore C of E Primary School, Nether Stowey C of E Primary School, Spaxton C of E Primary School

Watchet & Williton Benefice
19th             The people and parishes of Watchet and Williton; Little Saints parent & toddler groups and Camp Fire Church in Watchet and Williton
20th             Mark Phillips (Vicar); Andy Day (Methodist), Jane Sperring (Methodist), Mike Sherburn (Baptist), Sam Searle (Salvation Army),

                      Vincent Woods (Roman Catholic), Claire Horton (Diocesan Magnificat Parishes Adviser)
21st              Donna Marsden, Clare Phillips (Readers)
22nd             Julie Pelling (Ordinand)
23rd             Richard Allen, Andrew Tatham (Retired clergy)
24th             The staff & Students of Danesfield C of E Middle School (Patrick Weld; Chaplain), and of

                     Knights Templar C of E & Methodist First School, St Peter’s C of E First School

The Benefice of Watchet and Williton
Sunday 18th February 2024



'Christ triumphs over temptation'

Please continue to send items for the news sheet to both of us:
Sarah Lander: sclarkelander@gmail.com       Sue Withycombe:  withysue10@gmail.com

Prayers for the Benefice

Each week we join our Baptist friends in praying for a local road or street

St Audries Court in Watchet     and

Watery Lane in Williton

Pray for God’s blessing on those who live there.

Christians Together in Watchet and Williton

Lent Lunches at the Salvation Army Hall
12.00 – 1.30pm every Monday in Lent
February 19th, 26th, March 4th, 11th and 18th

In aid of Christian Aid
(suggested donation £5)
Everyone welcome – do come along!​

Lent courses start this week.

We will be using The Pilgrim Course, studying The Beatitudes.

St Peter’s church – Tuesday 20th 2pm-3.30pm
Holy Cross –Wednesday 21st 7pm-8.30pm

This course is also being run at other venues across the deanery.
Unfortunately, we do not have full details yet but will hopefully be
announced in notices on Sunday.

Deanery Events

Wednesday 28th February 2-4pm
Parish share 2025 discussion at Holford
Please book via this link: 

Saturday 2nd March 10.00am – 12.30pm
Church Giving and Funding (see poster in church for details)
With Natalie Wainwright, Lead Giving and Funding Advisor,
Bath and Wells. (Natalie recently led a discussion at a joint PCC
meeting and this event may be of particular interest to PCC
members who were unable to attend that meeting)

Sunday 24th March (Palm Sunday) 2pm
Deanery service at Stogumber church, led by Bishop Michael

Tuesday 16th April 10am – 4pm  -  £16, includes lunch
Quiet Day – led by Bishop Brian Castle

Hill House Christian Centre, Otterhampton, TA5 2PI

To Book: Revd Preb Pam Cuff     pam.cuff@hotmail.co.uk

Or, Tel:  01278-741229              *places must be booked*

CAMEO (Come and Meet Each Other)

CAMEO continues meeting every Thursday in St Peter’s church, 10am-12pm. Everyone
welcome to drop in for coffee, cake and chat. Please speak to George or Sue if youhave any questions.

Rev’d Mark writes:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who worked so hard in so many different ways to set up and
take part in our new Café Church.  It was wonderful to see so many people coming together to share food and fellowship and to reflect on community.  The Lent course this year will be Deanery wide and every Lent group will be using the same course, which is The Pilgrim
Course studying the Beatitudes.  Therefore, there will be a variety of options to attend in respect of days and times spread around the Deanery.
The idea is if someone cannot attend the Lent course in their area because of the day or time it is being held, they can then catch it somewhere else in the deanery. Or indeed, it might be an opportunity to go out of the local area and meet new people in the Deanery.

Once we have the full dates and times for all the venues we will publish them in the news sheet.  The two venues and times in our Benefice will be at St Peters Church, Williton on Tuesday 2pm-3.30 and Holy Cross Chapel, Watchet on Wednesday 7pm -8.30.

They will be starting on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st February.  Gillian Cooper, who is a member of the congregation at St Peter's church, has kindly agreed to lead both our Lent courses in the Benefice this year.  Here is some information about Gillian:

Gillian writes: "I spent most of my working life engaged in higher and adult education in the Church of England. I
lectured in Old Testament Studies at a theological college and on a non-residential course, training clergy and lay
ministers. I have contributed to Reader training and clergy post-ordination training. I have written and led a number of
Lent courses and provided material for study groups. I am now retired, but continue to work for Redemptorist
Publications, writing sermons, prayers, liturgy and reflections for its church resources. I am enjoying being a member of
St Peter's, and really looking forward to learning about the Beatitudes with members of St Peter's and St Decuman's."
Best wishes, Gillian

For the Sunday Holy Communion services we continue to use the black Common Worship books -
the service starts on page 167. We will be using Eucharist Prayer A starting on page 184.

Dates for the week ahead

Monday 19th February         12.00pm         Lent lunch at Salvation Army Hall
                                                   7.00pm          ‘Upper Room’ at Holy Cross
Tuesday 20th February          9.30am          Little Saints at The Meeting Room, Williton
                                                   2.00pm          Lent course starts at St Peter’s
Wednesday 21st February    10.00am         Little Saints at Salvation Army Hall
                                                    7.00pm          Lent course starts at Holy Cross
Thursday 22nd February        9.00am           Morning Prayer at Holy Cross
                                                   10.00am          CAMEO at St Peter’s

Dates for your diaries
Monday 26th February           12.00pm        Lent lunch at Salvation Army Hall
Tuesday 27th February            2.00pm         Lent course at St Peter’s
Wednesday 28th February       2.00pm        Common Fund Consultation at Holford and District Village Hall *please book*
                                                      7.00pm        Lent course at Holy Cross
Friday 1st March                        2.00pm        World Day of Prayer service at Watchet Methodist Church
Saturday 2nd March                10.00am        Church Giving and Funding event at Nether Stowey Church Centre
                                                     1.30pm         Deanery Synod at Nether Stowey Church Centre

Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness,
and was tempted as we are, yet without sin: give us grace to discipline ourselves

in obedience to your Spirit, and, as you know our weakness,
so may we know your power to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen


We are holding in our thoughts and prayers: Alice, Edna S, Jackie W,
Geraldine F, Catherine, Jean K, David K.

If you would like to be included on the Prayer List, please let Mark, Sarah or Sue know..​

Prayers for Areas of Conflict

We pray for all areas of conflict, that those

in power may strive for peace and reconciliation


Please contact your churchwardens with enquiries about baptisms, weddings, funerals, etc. and any member of the Benefice team is happy to be contacted with general enquiries, requests for prayers, etc. 

Benefice Team:

Revd Mark Phillips              Vicar                                                                Tel: 01984-639669                        email: revdmarkphillips@outlook.com
George Fenech                       Churchwarden St Peter’s                             Tel: 01984-633577                         email: georgefenech44@gmail.com
Sue Withycombe                    Churchwarden St Peter’s                             Tel: 01984-632596                         email: withysue10@gmail.com
Janet Bremner                        Churchwarden St Decuman’s                      Tel: 01984-632118                        email: janetbremner31@btinternet.com
Julie Pelling                             Ordinand                                                         Tel: 07973-961083                        email: julie@nickandju.plus.com
Donna Marsden                     Reader & Mental Health First Aider           Tel: 01984-633707                        email: donnamarsden01@yahoo.co.uk   

Clare Phillips                           Reader                                                            Tel: 01984-639669

Chris Wade                             Mental Health First Aider                             Tel: 07725-303051                        email: cewadecastor2@gmail.com

Benefice Website:                 www.watchetandwillitonbenefice.com

Facebook:                   www.facebook.com/StPetersChurchWilliton   
Report a concern at bathandwells.org.uk/report-concerns or call Safeguarding Manager, Ben Goodhind: 01749-588917

Our Benefice Safeguarding Officer: Tracey Gullis.   Telephone: 07361-811707

Lent (the ‘lengthening’ of the days) is an old English word meaning Spring. In earliest times it
was observed by those who were preparing for their Baptism at Easter. Later the 40 days of
Lent were identified with the 40 days when Jesus was tested in the wilderness. It is an
opportunity for Christians humbly to re-examine their lives and through prayer, study and self-
denial, to renew their love for God.

Next Sunday – 25th February
9.15am        Holy Communion at St Peter’s
10.45am      Holy Communion at St Decuman’s

Both Churches will usually be open during daylight hours.

​​Today’s Worship and Readings
9.15am     Holy Communion at St Peter's
10.45am   Holy Communion at St Decuman’s

                   with baptism of Arwen Cornish
     Readings: Genesis 9:8-17     Mark 1:9-15

Your PCCs
Both parishes have now held their Annual Meetings, so here is the updated list of members.

                                        St Decuman’s                                                                    St Peter’s

Vicar                               Revd Mark Phillips                                                           Revd Mark Phillips
Reader                           Donna Marsden                                                               Donna Marsden
Reader                           Clare Phillips                                                                     Clare Phillips
Ordinand                      Julie Pelling                                                                        Julie Pelling
Churchwardens          Janet Bremner                                                                  George Fenech       Sue Withycombe
Deanery Synod reps  Margaret Tatham   Ros Whellams                                 Clare Phillips           Sue Withycombe
Elected members:
Secretary                      Andrew Tatham                                                                Elizabeth Payne
Treasurer                     Glenys Knight                                                                    Peter Payne
                                        Tracey Gullis   Tony Knight                                             Tracey Copp   Margaret Gliddon
                                        Sarah Lander   Jim Powers                                              Elizabeth Grinstead    Sara Hempshall
                                        Chris Wade   Cynthia Webb                                            Ann Smith
                                        John Whellams